Betrayed by a Beautiful Day...Never again to Love a September Sun..
This morning, while walking the beach I tried hard to think what to share on the blog today. Only bits of an unwritten poem came to me.
But on returning home, I saw a message from my sweet (and beautiful and funny) sister-in-law, Ann Wason Moore. She is a writer at Thrifty Fashionista, an Australian publication full of great fashion tips and reviews.
Today, she wrote a blog post, entitled Stars and Stripes, featuring my jewelry and her thoughts on this anniversary of September 11th.
One of the positive things that I remember from 11 years ago, was the concern and support that came from all across the world. Thank you, Ann, for reminding me of that.
On the beach this morning, I could see the rising tower of Freedom, finally replacing the hole in the skyline, slowly repairing the hole in our hearts.
I love to work with copper. It's really a dream to work with. But one of its strengths, it's ability to react to the environment, is also a problem when selling it. Some people, in fact most people, will see their skin turn green after contact with pure copper.
I love looking at ancient jewelry in museums. The ancients certainly didn't mind wearing copper. Yet, I've had customers ask to return items because this happens to them. After the last request, I decided to make a piece that is designed with the intention of turning the skin green!
This made me think of the song, Wearing of the Green. It had always fascinated me as a little kid, growing up in an Irish American household. Wikipedia has a good page about it.
That lead me to thinking about Celtic Knots, another fascinating part of ancient Irish culture.
So, a perfect design, I think, for a wide copper cuff, that is meant to turn your skin green!
My humble little Jeweler's saw is the most used of all my tools. Most of the jewelry I make starts out as a sheet of metal. I transform it into jewelry forms with the Jeweler's saw.
First, I either measure out a design or print it and glue to the sheet.
Sometimes, I then need to drill starting holes, so I can thread the saw blade through and cut out an inner space.
You can see in this example of a copper cuff with a Celtic knot design, most of the work is the sawing.
It takes time and patience to do this. There are a lot of jeweler tools and techniques that attempt to minimize the amount of sawing. I don't use most of them.
Sawing is my favorite part of the day. It forces me to slow down a bit and think about what I'm creating. This is when I send good thoughts to who ever will wear the piece. Time seems to stand still. I watch the grains of metal flow up as the blade moves down. I am aware that jewelers before me, for thousands of years, have used a similar tool in the same way. I feel a wonderful connection. There is a peace and satisfaction that comes in the process of creating. For me, I most often experience peace while using my humble Jeweler's saw.
I hope some of that peace flows to you, when you wear a piece I've created.
I'll tell you more about the cuff in these pictures in my next blog post.
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.
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